Chapple’s ton looming
CHAMPION Saints sharpshooter Matt Walsh is slowly handing the AFL Cairns goal kicking baton over to Port Douglas captain Kye Chapple.
The pair are both quality spearheads in their own right but one, Walsh, is at the back end of his illustrious career while Chapple still has years left at the top level. Walsh is a two-time Crathern medallist who has kicked more than 1000 goals in the competition while Chapple is on the verge of kicking a ton of goals for a second year running.
Through the North Queensland representative side, where Walsh was an assistant coach and Chapple was the side’s full-forward, they have developed a close bond, with the Crocs skipper referring to the Saints legend as a “mentor”. “He is a legend, I have a lot time for him and I think he does for me too,” Chapple says of Walsh.
“He has been a mentor to me, we play similar positions.
“He gave me a few kicking styles to work with and gave me some advice about how he went about it.
“We play different games, I like to use my body, where he is a lead up player, there is still things that work in well as a full-forward.”
Chapple is two goals away from the triple treat of goals for 2016. The Crocs captain admits it would be extra special to kick the ton with Walsh on the ground. “I would love to do it any week but if he was on the ground it would mean more certainly,” he said.
Kye Chapple in action against the Tigers recently